A slip and fall case, also known as "premises liability," is a claim brought against a person or business because of a known dangerous property condition that resulted in injury. If you were hurt on someone else's property due to a hazardous condition, negligent design, or improper security/supervision, you should contact one of our Indianapolis slip and fall attorneys to discuss the protection of your rights.
Slip and Fall Statistics
According to the National Safety Council's (CDC) fall statistics, approximately 8.9 million ER visits are the result of a slip and fall or premise liability injury, making it one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States. In several instances, these injuries could have been avoided if property owners maintained their premises and/or if security or supervision had been appropriately implemented.
“The CDC reported that premises liability cases account for the second-leading cause of unintentional deaths in homes, senior citizen communities, and apartments.”
In recent years, as many as 25,000 confirmed deaths in the United States were caused by a fall. The chances of suffering a slip and fall case increase with age, as does the person's odds of sustaining a serious or fatal injury. Adults over the age of 55 represent the largest number of slip and fall victims, with those over 65 accounting for the largest number of fatalities.
Common Slip and Fall Accident Causes
Our Indianapolis slip and fall lawyers have handled a large variety of premises accident claims, and no matter the cause or circumstance, our experience has taught us that evidence and early intervention are keys to winning these claims. And while the majority of claims we investigate occur on a private property, or in a place of business, there are countless locations and causes that can potentially lead to a lawsuit.
The following locations and/or conditions are premises liability claims we have investigated in the past, however, if you do not see your particular case type listed, it is possible that you still have a case:
- Wet, icy, and/or slippery floors or surfaces
- Walkways with broken or uneven pavement/concrete
- Elevator/escalator accidents
- Inadequate lighting
- Falling merchandise
- Failure to provide adequate security
- Shopping Malls/Department Stores
- Amusement Parks
- Parking Garages/Ramps
- Grocery Stores/Supermarkets
- Office Buildings
Medical Treatment for a Slip and Fall Injury
The vast majority of cases our Indianapolis premise liability lawyers investigate and handle on behalf of clients involve a slip and fall that resulted in traumatic injuries or death. (In the event that a family member calls on behalf of a loved one who lost their life in a premises liability matter, we will work with them to open an estate and ensure a proper wrongful death claim is pursued.)
Serious slip and fall injuries typically involve one or more broken bones that require surgery as well as physical therapy and/or ongoing rehabilitation. In most instances, a slip and fall victim who suffers a break or closed head injury will immediately recognize the severity of the injury and seek emergency treatment, however, there are cases where the victim brushes off the symptoms and delays seeking treatment--this can have serious consequences for your health and any potential claim.
Even if you don't believe you've suffered a break or serious injury, it's always a good idea to seek immediate treatment for a serious fall. It's possible that a broken bone or more serious injury is masked by swelling, delayed symptoms, or adrenaline. The only way to determine the extent of your injuries, and present evidence of your injury, is to have medical documentation.
Why Hire an Indiana Premises Liability Attorney?
Without an experienced premises liability attorney, your chances of receiving appropriate compensation are significantly decreased. Slip and fall cases can be extremely difficult to prove, very costly to investigate, and require expert analysis that may require third-party investigators or any other number of professional assets.
Waivers, high-priced defense attorneys, big insurance companies, state laws, and comparative negligence can all be factors that work against you in a premises liability case. Without an attorney on your side, it's likely you will be ignored by the liability carrier for the property owner or business, possibly leaving you with thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills.
Our Indianapolis injury attorneys offers all Indiana slip and fall victims a Zero Fee Guarantee, meaning you will never be charged a consultation fee, and the only way our firm receives money is if a recovery is made on your behalf.
If you wish to speak to one of our attorneys now, you can call free at 1-800-253-5537, or if you'd rather write to us with the details of your premises liability accident, you can use our confidential, free contact form.